Practical. Logical. Musical. Katie may be Portland’s only bassoon-playing CPA.

Though Katie graduated from college in Kentucky with a music degree, she had an inkling she might be an accountant one day. A lifelong puzzle lover and problem solver, Katie took a personality test in high school that suggested she’d be good with numbers. After moving to Portland from Kentucky with her husband, she decided that teaching bassoon wasn’t going to pay the bills and that her dream job, playing in the orchestra pit on Broadway, might not come to pass. So she turned to accounting. To her surprise, she not only had a strong aptitude for it, but she loved the logic and systems inherent in tax accounting.

A shareholder at Perkins, Katie provides an array of tax compliance and advisory services to individual investors and companies. To relax in her off hours, Katie enjoys trawling online genealogy sites. Her most amusing find? Discovering married ancestors with perfectly matched last names – Nail and Hammer, for example. Ever disciplined, Katie holds a second degree black belt in Taekwondo. She’s also an amateur ornithologist who has parlayed her musical skills to become familiar with the songs of many local birds. With her keen ear and disciplined mind, Katie is an accountant who can really listen and deliver incisive accounting solutions.


Professional and Civic Affiliations

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants
    Board of Directors
    Member of Nominations Committee, Budget Committee and Taxation Strategic Committee
    Past Vice Chair, Chair and Board Advisor
  • City Club of Portland
    Member of Finance Committee

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